Military Mascots & Service Animals

Animals Serving at Home to Combat Operational Injuries

Not only have animals worked side-by-side with the military for centuries on the front-line they have also played a pivotal role as mascots, as well as aids such as service dogs. Dogs and horses, for example, help manage stress and the fallout of operational stress and related injuries.

The Canadian Foundation for Animal Assisted Support Services (CFAS) recognizes these significant relationships and how the human-animal bond improves quality of life. One of the first guide dogs was trained for a soldier in Germany who had lost his eyesight as a result of serving.

With this in mind CFAS invited Major-General Lew MacKenzie (Rtd) to become a patron of the foundation naming a national military fund in his honour together with Bullfrog Insurance